Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Joe Hubbard Bass Lessons


Joe Hubbard is the teacher of Pro bassists.

In this lesson, he will share some cool ideas of improvisation in the style of James Jamerson.

Take your bass and give it a try!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Federico Malaman & Anton Davidyants

Hi all,

I really enjoy watching Federico Malaman on the bass.

Check out this cool video of the duet.

Be inspired!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Major 7 Chord Tones with Approach Notes - Jeff Berlin


This is a useful lesson by Jeff Berlin.

Hope the exercise can help you.

Have fun!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What's Going On - Bass Track


I have just edited this post because the version by Thundercat was removed on youtube.

Check out this version of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" just bass track by original bassist James Jamerson.

This is a good tune for all bass player to learn.

Give it a try.


Monday, August 03, 2015

Marcus Miller Sire Bass Interview

"Nowadays its so important to put instruments in young people's hands."


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Pentatonic Ideas


Adam Nitti shared a concept of playing the 2nd and the 5th when improvising over a minor chord.

For example, instead of playing a C minor pentatonic scale over a C minor chord, you can also play the D minor and G minor pentatonic scale over the C minor chord.

Check out his video below for further explanation:

Another thought came to me is to use the F major Pentatonic (which is the same notes as D minor pentatonic) and the Bb Major Pentatonic (which is the same notes as G minor pentatonic).

Have fun!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Bass Lesson - Norm Stockton


Some good advise from Norm Stockton.

Emotion instead of intellectual.

Happy grooving!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Sun Don't Lie

This album by Marcus Miller was released in 1993.

There are 11 tracks and I recommend all bass players to listen.

Some of the techniques used by Marcus here are widely heard by many other players now.


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sunday Morning (Maroon 5)


 Sunday Morning by Maroon 5 is a nice and simple song using ii V I progression.

 There is an interesting part at the bridge portion.

Listen to the audio to follow the timing of the line.

Have fun!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Bass and Vocals


Singing with guitar and keyboard is beautiful but what about with just one bass?


Monday, February 02, 2015

Slap on Flat Wound Strings


Most of us will probably be using Round Wound strings especially if you are into slapping.

I chance upon this video of Alex Lofoco where he slaps on Flat Wound strings.

In this video he used a Laurus Quasar T900 XR bass. I first saw this brand by another incredible bassist - Federico Malaman.


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Mixolydian Scale


Mixolydian scale is an useful scale to use over dominant chords and in the Blues genre.

The scale degree is as followed: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 

So if you are playing over a C7 chord, you can use the C Mixolydian scale which is also the 5th mode of the F major scale. 

C Mixolydian: C D E F G A Bb 

You can also play the C Mixolydian scale over C9, C11 and C13.

Try the C Mixolydian scale over a Fmaj7 chord too.

Have fun.